WASHINGTON: Israel has given retired U.S.-supplied Cobra combat helicopters to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom fend off insurgent threats on the Syrian and Iraqi borders, a U.S. official with knowledge of the deal said. The handover, initiated last year,…
By ILENE PRUSHER Muslim Brotherhood, opposition groups, call for massive rally in Amman to demand reform and boycott upcoming elections. Photo: Muhammad Hamed / Reuters The Arab Spring has blossomed – and sometimes wilted – in nearly every country in the region, aside from Jordan.
Now, with large demonstrations planned for Friday in Amman – which organizers say will be the biggest the Hashemite Kingdom has seen in years – some question how long Jordan can remain immune from the demands for change that have swept through the region, sparking uprisings and unseating dictatorships.
Jordan is a relatively small, stable country with a measure of freedom and a popular monarchy. But the conflation of new pressures on the desert kingdom – an influx of Syrian refugees, an economic crisis exacerbated by the region’s recent instability, and the ascent to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – are adding up to a potentially combustible atmosphere that many analysts say should not be underestimated.
Jordanian riot policeJordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face Arab Spring street pressure for his abdication.
debkafile’s Middle East sources report that Israeli and Saudi intelligence watchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the approaching climax of the conflict in Amman between Islamists and the throne .
For Israel, an upheaval in Jordan bodes the tightening of the Islamist noose around its borders – Egypt and Libya to the south and Syria to the north, with unpredictable consequences with regard to Jordan’s Palestinian population.
Saudi Arabia, already threatened by Iranian aggression, fears the oil kingdom may be next in line if its northern neighbor is crushed under the marching feet of the “Arab Spring.”
This morning I was listening to Fox News as they were giving a report on the current situation in Libya and Syria. My preparations for the day came to a screeching halt when I heard the talking head say, in the kindest, most compassionate voice, “the struggle for democracy in the Middle East continues…” What is it that they – the talking heads – do not, cannot or refuse to understand about the so-called struggle for democracy in the Middle East and the spontaneity of it all. I am astounded at the blind ignorance of the media, the very ones that we trust to bring us truth from around the world.
There is nothing spontaneous about these uprisings. Without a doubt, there are some people involved who truly do want democracy and a better life for themselves. Those people are not the ones that have caused the uprising but have been used by the Muslim Brotherhood as pawns in a very dangerous chess game. To think, suggest or hope that anyone is behind these demonstrations other than the Muslim Brotherhood is to imply that we, the people, are totally stupid and incapable of understanding what the media chooses not to admit.
Jerusalem is a ticking time bomb, whereby an attack by Jewish extremists on Muslim holy sites could erase any chances for peace with the Palestinians and undermine stability in the entire Muslim world, Jordan’s US ambassador, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, told the Washington Post in an interview published Thursday.